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IMI Tavor TAR-21

IMI Tavor TAR-21 is an Israeli bullpup assault rifle chambered for 5.56x45mm NATO ammunition with a selective fire system, selecting between semi-automatic mode, burst mode, and full automatic fire mode.

IMI Tavor TAR-21 is an Israeli bullpup assault rifle chambered for 5.56x45mm NATO ammunition with a selective fire system, selecting between semi-automatic mode, burst mode, and full automatic fire mode. The name “TAR-21” stands for “Tavor Assault Rifle – 21st Century”. It has already been chosen to arm the Israeli (IDF) and Indian elite troops, and is aggressively marketed worldwide, to become a weapon of choice for future infantry combat suits.

The TAR-21 uses a bullpup design, as seen with the French FAMAS, the British SA80, Austrian Steyr AUG, and the Chinese Norinco QBZ-95. Bullpup rifles are configured in a layout in which the bolt carrier group is placed behind the pistol grip; this shortens the overall length but does not sacrifice barrel length. The Tavor TAR-21 provides carbine length, but rifle muzzle velocity. The bullpup design is also used to minimise the silhouette of soldiers and to maximize effectiveness in turning corners in urban warfare.

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The Tavor TAR-21 has ejection ports on both sides of the rifle so it can easily be reconfigured for right or left-handed shooters. However, this process requires partial disassembly, so it can not be quickly reconfigured while the rifle is in use by the soldier.

The TAR-21 design was created by Zalmen Shebs, with the express purpose of creating a weapon more suited to online casino urban combat than the M16/M4 carbine. It is based on advanced ergonomics and composite materials in order to produce a more comfortable and reliable rifle. The TAR-21 is waterproof and lightweight. The weapon has a built in laser and MARS red dot sight, one of the main advantages of having a built in system is that the weapon does not have to be zeroed after each use. The TAR-21 can also be mounted with an array of different scopes such as night vision systems and other electronic devices.

The TAR-21 accepts standard STANAG magazines. It can also be mounted with the M203 grenade launcher. Its ambidextrous fire mode selector above the pistol grip has a semi-automatic mode, burst mode, and a fully automatic mode.



  1. brian s.

    November 12, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I have been following the progress and development of this rifle for the past 6-7 years. I believe that the Tavor should replace the M-16/M-4 across all branches of the military. The M-16 design is 50+ years old and it’s service has been a success, and it has served far longer than any other rifle in U.S. military history and perhaps world wide. The advantages of the Tavor are many and with recent U.S. military actions requiring a weapon that is compact enough for close confines urban combat and then, the next day, a battle field with wide open spaces requiring long range shots. So basicaly an m-4 the first day and then an m-16 the next. The only change that I can conceive of is perhaps going to a larger caliber, perhaps the 6.8mm.

  2. Steven

    March 24, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    the TAR21 is a great rifle , I used the civilian model sold in the u.s
    its easy to aim with , feels like it has no weight (because the weight is balanced on your shoulder)
    the only problem with EVERY bull pup is learning how to quickly switch a magazine when its at the back of the rifle
    but even then I found the TAR21 better and more comfortable then the AUG or the FN2000 (just a personal opinion)

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